New summit brings hope on dreams of Moray Sports Centre

New hope of Sports Centre almost three years after original summit
New hope of Sports Centre almost three years after original summit

YEARS OF TALKING over the creation of a major sports facility in Moray could finally be coming to a conclusion if a leading local businessman has his way.

Springfield Properties chairman Sandy Adam has revealed that a public meeting is to be held at the Alexander Graham Bell Centre next month to discuss a new initiative.

Mr Adam, who has been a long-time supporter of the creation of such a facility in Moray, has said that the “ball has started rolling” with land having been secured at zero or low cost, adding that there are locations to the south of Elgin “which fit the bill perfectly”.

Sports clubs throughout the region are being invited to the meeting on June 22 with Mr Adam encouraging interested groups in the region to be represented.

The businessman added that people need to be thinking about how such a centre would be run so that it could stand on its own feet financially, saying that an announcement would be made at the June meeting on initial funding commitments.

Mr Adam said: “We need to hear how we can support each sport and build the right facility for Moray – which is why we are holding a public meeting next month.  Anyone whose sporting group or league has an interest in having a regional sports centre needs to be at this meeting.”

Meetings over the creation of a Moray facility were high on the agenda immediately after the 2012 Olympic Games, when Moray’s gold medal winning rower, Heather Stanning, joined appeals for a greater emphasis on facilities for young sporting hopefuls in the region.

A summit of interested sports clubs, individuals and other organisations was led by Moray’s MSP Richard Lochhead in October that year. Around 130 people attended and heard that it would probably take investment of around £10million to create a new state of the art facility for Moray.

The meeting called by Mr Adam will be held at the Alexander Graham Bell Centre on Monday, June 22 at 6.30pm.